Rejoice in the Lord always. Philippians 4:4a
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"The Lord be with you! The Lord bless you! ..." ~ Ruth 2:4 NIV
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"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." ~ A. A. Milne
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"Never place a period where God has placed a comma." Gracie Allen
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” –e.e. cummings

Don't let the noise of the world keep you from hearing the voice of the Lord.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

One Verse. 5

7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7 (New International Version, ©2011)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday Anniversary!

Sandi is celebrating her first anniversary for Tea Time Tuesday! I try to join whenever I can and didn't want to miss this party.

If I took time to find a tea candle for this cup I found while wandering around GW on Saturday, I'd miss the fun. It has the prettiest pink roses and hearts for Valentine's Day and will be fun to have on the table/shelf.
I finding new books that make me happy and here is my newest one that would be delightful for Sandi's new grandbaby! It would be perfect with a certain little tea set she shared recently! Ruby has been invited to have tea with the Queen and daydreams about the event. She is reminded to use her very best manners by her mother as she is dressing for the tea. A bit of a twist at the end of the story just made me smile.
Sandi always includes some of the best quotes and life lessons with her tea time and I'm sharing something I made for Sarah Josephine. She went to San Diego over the Thanksgiving break last November and I asked for some sand from the beach. She did have to explain to the security people why she was going home with a big bag of sand. Ooops! Thankfully she didn't miss her flight back to Colorado!
I filled this thrifted bottle with the sand and glued some buttons together to seal the top. I typed some of her favorite verses, then cut and mounted them onto card stock. You can click on any pictures to enlarge them to read them more easily.
Sarah had written in the sand and taken a picture, so I printed her BELIEVE onto paper that I trimmed to fit onto the bottle and asked her to bring me a shell from her beach visit. I glued it under the first part of believe.
I put it all together with Psalm 139: 17-18 around the side. Punched holes in the tags, slipped them onto a split ring with a heart and some ribbon. I added a ribbon, a few roses and seashells.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.

I'm happy to say Sarah loved it when I gave it to her before school. Thanks to Barbara Jean at Treasures from the Heart for the idea. This bottle was unique and I'd love to find another one someday so I could make another one for my Sarah Joy!

Happy First Anniversary, Sandi!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

One Verse. 4

He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Psalms 62:2

This week I worked on a gift for a special friend and this was one of the verses she has been relying on as her step mom is facing serious health issues. Prayers for Sandy's healing are welcome.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Another Barn Quilt

This past Monday was a day off from school as we observed MLK Day and on the way to get dog food stopped by for this quilt.
This one is Dog Tooth Violet, 835 E. Platte Avenue, in town at a pet shop.
Some days I can get clear pictures and other times, not. I have no idea what to do to fix it so I share anyway! If you ever travel out to the eastern plains, stop by the Barn Quilts of Morgan County blog page and print out a map and a list. They are all over the place! ♥♫

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Barn Quilts

Last year I wanted to find all the Barn Quilts in Morgan County. Well, it got to be summer and H.O.T. and the desire to drive around in a car that needs the air conditioner fixed was on the lowest part of my to do list.
This Palm Leaf is on the north side of the Christ Congregational Church. Three colors of green leaves.
It seems that most quilts are not on the typical barn. Maybe I need to get my storage shed turned around so I could have wall to display a quilt, too. It's shaped like a miniature barn, so it would have to be a small quilt block. Now to find someone with a big loader and some time to move it!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Today's Flowers

It's #127 and I've not had anything outside to share for several months.
This pretty geranium is inside while the snow is covering the ground outside where everything is brown and dormant.
The petals have such a delicate sheen and since it's PINK, it makes me happy. I'm also happy to join Today's Flowers once again. Thanks to their work we can enjoy many flowers!
Just click on the link or picture!

One Verse. 3

Psalm 121 (King James)

1I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

2My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

4Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

6The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

7The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

8The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

This was my aunt's favorite Psalm, so I couldn't do just one verse today.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Birthday Friends

After supper at the Pepper Pod I took pictures--this is the best of the bunch.
Eyes open, pretty smiles, and full tummies. Great time!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It's Your Special, Special Day!

There's a young woman that came into this world thirty years ago!
She's my baby!
We're celebrating!
She makes everyday special for me!
She is the JOY in my life! Happy Birthday, Dollie!

The angels danced the day you were born!

I know Daddy is celebrating, too. He loved you so much.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day

Yesterday I stayed in and watched it snow
BIG, FAT, FLUFFY FLAKES. However, they were a bit smaller in real time, because the shutter was slow! Most of the time our snow comes down sideways, with WIND.
My big boy doesn't mind the snow at all. He was watching me stick the camera out the back door. After I did my feeding chores, I stayed in the rest of the day.

Snow day today. No school. Just saw the road grader going by to work on the snowy roads. The problem is my driveway always gets closed in and I can't get out!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

One Verse. 2

Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”

This past Friday my favorite aunt and Godmother went to meet Jesus. She was not herself, as Alzheimer's took her a few years ago and my cousin said to me "My real mother was already gone". But just think of the power of these few words... . Amazing.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

One Verse.1

Be still,
and know that
I am God.

Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

I noticed that I've almost reached my two year anniversary in the Land of Blog. Then I remembered trying to have a Bible verse on Sundays and feel a need to start doing it again. I've decided my guide word for this year is "SIMPLIFY", so no picture, just the words that speak to me today. Perhaps they will speak to you as well.